In honour of the opening of “Sprezzatura – Fifty years of Italian painting (1860-1910)” at the Drents Museum, the city has a new hot selfie spot: a replica of the iconic Rialto bridge from Venice.
By Hans de Preter
Starting on Monday 3 June, a replica of the world-famous Rialto Bridge will be built on the Kop van Vaart in Assen. The bridge was designed by Assenaar Steve Ellis and is being built by Wood and construction company Drenthen with 552 pallets provided by Faber Pallets.
The Venetian bridge serves is part of a promotional campaign for the new “Sprezzatura” exhibit at the Drents Museum. Italian flags and clothes lines have been strung up across the city since last week, and city centre organisation Vaart in Assen hopes that the bridge will become a hotspot for people who want to take a selfie. Lovers can hang love locks on the bridge, just like in Venice, to symbolize their love.
— Myriam Workel (@MyriamWorkel) June 2, 2019
The term “sprezzatura” refers to a deliberate air of carelessness, which was characteristic of much Italian art starting in the Renaissance. The Drents Museum exhibit, which is opening on 2 June and will run through the 3rd of November, will feature pieces created between 1860 and 1910 painted by 40 Italian artists.